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Lower Limb Swelling in the Elderly

Older adults often deal with swelling, or edema, in the feet and ankles. Edema occurs when fluids from blood vessels move into the spaces between cells near the surfaces of the feet and ankles. Common causes of lower limb edema include chronic venous insufficiency, congestive heart failure, certain medications, liver disease, kidney disease, or lymphedema. New or worsening swelling in the lower limbs should be evaluated by a doctor, especially if you also experience pain that limits your mobility or interferes with daily activities. If the cause of your swelling is chronic venous insufficiency, which is very common, it may help to elevate the legs, reduce salt intake, wear compression stockings, or exercise the calf muscles. To learn more about elderly foot care, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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